As winter begins, NPS MedicineWise is launching a series of six-second videos to highlight the problem of antibiotic resistance in our communities.
The campaign, developed for the Vine app on Twitter, is a first for public health promotion in Australia.
In a series of four humorous short films, NPS MedicineWise is depicting a world in which taking antibiotics for viruses such as the common cold or flu, is considered anti-social behaviour.
According to NPS MedicineWise CEO Dr Lynn Weekes, the campaign... Read more
International Men’s Health Week (10-16 June) will see a grass-roots approach to the campaign to highlight health issues affecting men, with local groups and organisations choosing their own topic of concern to address, says David Thompson, spokesperson for the event – making it an ideal event for community pharmacy to get involved with. The theme is ‘Health Snapshots’.
‘It’s not one of those events where they tell the audience what they should do, such as drink less or eat more fruit, get more exercise, those are... Read more
The Australian Self-Medication Industry (ASMI) is taking steps to reassure consumers taking low-dose non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for short-term pain relief that medicines in this group are safe when used as directed.
The advice follows the publication in The Lancet of new research which found several NSAIDs increase the risk of cardiovascular events and gastrointestinal complications. However, these NSAIDs were taken at high doses for extended periods to treat or prevent chronic diseases – not... Read more
When it comes to smoking and relationships, where there’s smoke there’s fire: according to the results of a new study, smoking is definitely a relationship killer.
A recent survey of 1,000 Australians conducted on behalf of online dating site VictoriaMilan.com.au found that 13.7% of Australian non-smokers say they’d definitely leave their partner if they started smoking and an additional 28.3% would seriously consider leaving the love of their life.
‘More than 2-5 Aussie non-smokers (42%) would be in a hurry... Read more
Heart disease is a problem for men rather than women, who need to be aware of more important health risks like breast cancer – right? Wrong: heart disease is the leading killer of Australian women, and the Heart Foundation is spending June helping us find ways to address our risk.
Women want practical tips on how to make healthier choices which reduce their risk of heart disease, says Julie-Anne Mitchell, the Heart Foundation’s cardiovascular health director in NSW – so offering these tips has become an important... Read more